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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,205 miles

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 172004

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Re: 98' Nissan Pathfinder SE the gas pedal sticks when the car is completely stopped. When you try to accelerate it sticks, so you have to push hard on the pedal which causes the car to jump forward and accelerate.

- Morgantown, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 292003

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is the second 1998 Nissan Pathfinder I've owned with the same problem. The throttle sticks in the upright position forcing one to apply great force to proceed from a stopped position. This has been dangerous on more than one occasion and near misses have occured especially when stopped behind another vehicle at a traffic light.

- Hampden, ME, USA

problem #9

Sep 182003

Pathfinder

  • 79,000 miles
Accelerator pedal would stick when trying to accelerate. Contacted dealership, and mechanic could not find the cause of accelerator pedal sticking.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 212003

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,107 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Pathfinder has been involved in two similar incidents in a span of 5 months. The first incident occurred on March 11,2003 (please see ODI number 10036981).it is my opinion that a vehicle malfunction caused both incidents.it is a fact that repairs ordered by the dealer (bg fuel induction service) on March 12,2003 did not address the problem. Second incident: On Aug. 21,2003, at approximately 8:00 am, I drove the Pathfinder to the second floor of my school parking garage.the parking spaces are at a right angle to the building outside wall; therefore, a driver is required to describe a small arc to park a vehicle within the two boundary lines painted on the floor.I usually park away from other vehicles, if possible, to avoid opening-door contact with vehicles already parked. As the steering wheel is being turned to park in a specific spot, a vehicle usually moves slowly because of its own forward motion when in drive;therefore, it's normal to keep a foot on the brake pedal to come to a final stop.a narrow sidewalk separates the parking area from the building outside wall.I approached the sidewalk slowly to avoid hitting the curb with the tires.suddenly, the Pathfinder lurched forward, hitting the curb at a high speed.I was not able to stop the vehicle even though I pressed the brake pedal fully.the vehicle climbed on the sidewalk and hit the wall.the impact on the wall caused both front air bags to be activated, the windshield cracked on the passenger side, and the car alarm went off as the front fender hit the wall. I received cuts and bruises on both arms, probably caused by by the seat belt and the air bag.the Pathfinder suffered $ $7,218.74 in damages.building property damage (still undetermined) was also caused.the wall on each floor of the parking garage is made of pre-stressed concrete slabs about 4 or 5 feet tall and reinforced with stretched steel cables.the concrete slab cracked and bent slightly outwards along the middle;fortunately, it did not collapse.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 112003

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,149 miles
On March 11, 2003, my Nissan Pathfinder was involved in an incident of unexplained sudden acceleration. The vehicle was already shifted into drive, and my foot was on the brake pedal while I was waiting for a red light to change. Suddenly, the Pathfinder lurched forward at a high speed. Almost simultaneously, I heard a loud noise coming out of the motor. The noise sounded like the one produced by an increase in the number of motor revolutions. I turned off the engine immediately when I realized that that I could not stop the vehicle by depressing the foot pedal. Fortunately, no persons or vehicled were at the street intersection when the vehicle jumped forward. My wife was in the passsenger's seat at the time. On March 12, 2003, I took the Pathfinder to Nissan's service department to correct this problem. Nissan's service advisor told me that the vehicle needed a clean-up of the entire fuel system. So, he scheduled a bg fuel induction service to rectify the problem. The Pathfinder had 32,149 miles at the time. My records show that maintenance on the Pathfinder has been performed as scheduled at bill seidle's Nissan. Prior to the incident, a major routine maintenance had been scheduled and performed at 30,000 miles on Oct. 16, 2002. No additional failure occurred until Aug. 21, 2003 (the day of the accident).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 072003

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The accelerator pedal became stuck, at speeds of 50 mph and above, also after coming to a stop.

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 272001

(reported on)

Pathfinder Diesel

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states the accelerator pedal sticks when at a stop, causing the vehicle to lurch foward when it catches.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 272001

(reported on)

Pathfinder Diesel

  • miles
Consumer states the accelerator pedal sticks when at a stop, causing the vehicle to lurch foward when it catches.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 252000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
When I tried to accelerate my vehicle, the gas pedal will sometimes stick and when I get enough pressure on the pedal it will then lurch the vehicle forward. The brakes squeal continuously when the weather is above freezing. I have had it in numerous times to the local Nissan dealer and they can not find anything wrong with them. The vehicle's ABS systems seems to grab before it should when the ground is dry with gravel or there is snow or ice on the ground. Eems to.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #2

Jan 252000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
When I try to accelerate my vehicle, the gas pedal will sometimes stick and when I get enough pressure on the pedal it will then lurch the vehicle forward. The brakes squeel continuously when the weather is above freezing. I have had it in numerous times to the local Nissan dealer and they can not find anything wrong with them. The vehicle's ABS systems seems to grab before it should when the ground is dry with gravel or there is snow or ice on the ground. Eems

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #1

Mar 192000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When depressing the accelerator pedal from a dead stop, nothing happens. Suddenly the pedal catches and vehicle lurches. Problem was reported to the dealership and has been corrected. Manufacturer commented that this problem is considered a routine maintenance, which concerns the owner.

- Tyler, TX, USA

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